Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated 19 October, 2014
Updated 19 October, 2014
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Cisco does a wonderful job of allowing its employees a superb work-life balance (in 619 reviews)

  • It is very flexible environment where most people can work from home if they desire (in 348 reviews)


Cons
  • No part-time options for professionals wanting work-life balance while raising a family (in 181 reviews)

  • If you want some short term real good big company experience it is a good place to be (in 164 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Exceptional Place to Work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Current Employee - Account Manager

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    High calibre team, visionary leadership, excellent benefits, and strong community involvement along with above average pay make Cisco a great place to work.

    Cons

    As with any large company, navigating to do internal problem-solving can be a challenge. Employees are always under tremendous pressure to deliver results.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend less time worrying about internal reporting, and invest more time on the client and the results will follow.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    - interesting technologies. A deep dive into networking with the industry leader.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer IV in Ottawa, ON
    Current Employee - Software Engineer IV in Ottawa, ON

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Cisco has good compensation, excellent bonuses. There is an employee stock purchase plan and Matching Retirement plan to 4% of salary. Always working with cutting edge networking technologies. Skills obtained at Cisco are reuseable in job market.

    Cons

    Cisco is very competitive, and uses forced ranking to evaluate employee performance. Cisco is extremely fact paced, due to rapidly changing market priorities. For this reason it can become stressful - not for the feint of heart!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Decent experience

    Current Employee - Manager - Engineering in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Manager - Engineering in Toronto, ON

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Well-paid, and the flexibility to work from home when necessary is great. They provide the tools necessary to be an effective employee from your home and it definitely helps when you have a young family.

    Cons

    It is a large company full of lengthy processes to complete even the simplest tasks, this can be frustrating as you feel that you are losing real-world skills to be a more productive Cisco employee.

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  5.  

    cross functional co-op students

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Co-Op Student in Ottawa, ON
    Current Employee - Co-Op Student in Ottawa, ON

    I have been working at Cisco Systems as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good working environment for university students

    Cons

    Training program is not established well.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Cisco

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    Great perks, working from home

    Cons

    Services division is immature, lack of processes, inability to properly size a project

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on retaining and recruiting talent. Hiring process needs more rigor.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    QA Analyst and Test Engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - QA Analyst and Test Specialist in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - QA Analyst and Test Specialist in Toronto, ON

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    CISCO is an American multinational corporation, that designs, manufactures, and sells networking equipment. and also "Internet of Everything" were designed to position CISCO for the next ten years into a Global Leader.

    Cons

    Need to identify STB issues

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    need to have a system training

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good Experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time

    Pros

    work Life Balance and Flexibility

    Cons

    difficult to get promotions and transfer limitation

    Recommends
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Decent work-life balance but rank-and-file buried in extremely bureaucratic mess many wheels being reinvented.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work-life balance and compensation are adequate in many departments. More often than not you can be self-driven and independent.

    Cons

    Annual layoffs and heavy weight of bureaucracy stifle true innovation. Many department segments not coordinating meaning everyone is creating the wheel in different sizes and colors. Leadership is inconsistent and generally inept and untrained as management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Mandatory management and HR training should be in place. Management should focus on managing and leading. Annual layoffs cause severe work disruption at the rank-file level.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Mixed bag

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Developer in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Developer in Toronto, ON

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great people. Knowledgeable, motivated, capable. Have always enjoyed working with the team. I stay only because the people are great t work with.

    Cons

    Internal politics. Annual layoffs. Executive incompetence. No real opportunities for technical advancement. Toronto is a back-water and most useful training takes place in San Jose. Some low level line managers are excellent but leadership, foresight, business acumen has evaded higher levels.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too much cronyism and apparent incompetence in mid and high level executive positions. Management needs a good purge.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Horrible Management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Toronto, ON

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Name look good on your resume, interview and hiring process is very smooth since it is handled by folks in San Francisco

    Cons

    task assignments that has nothing to do with the position's title(project management, team leading)
    very little coding
    horrible managers
    no perks except RRSP and health insurance(It is not San Francisco)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't tell your engineers "you should write five times more code than our outsource team does if you want to write code here"

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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